“Skittish Warrior … Confessions of a Club Comic”, Shappi Khorsandi, The Apex, last night
Her sign off line was as sharp and incisive as her 90-minute stand up routine.
“You’ve got a great venue here … and right in the middle of a shopping centre,” said Shappi as her performance came to a comical end.
Throughout the show she entranced and delighted her audience and even came on stage as a 30-minute warm up act. Tongue-in-cheek she said times were a bit hard and she didn’t have someone to drive her to the gig so she decided to do it herself much to the delight of half a dozen men sitting in the front row who she teased and delighted.
It has been 20 years since Shappi took up the daunting role of a stand up comic and she’s come a long way.
She’s coming to the end of her UK tour before she sets off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and stopped off at The Apex to take her Bury St Edmunds’ fans through a packed, multitude array of strange and amusing episodes of her transformational two decades of stand up comedy.
She looked back fondly on the late 1990s when she first made her name on the comedy circuit as a gifted cultural commentator and dazzlingly sharp-tongued observer.
From appearing on BBC 1’s “Question Time” to her short stint on ITV’s “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” two years ago she’s also featured on “Live At The Apollo” (BBC 1), “Mock The Week” (BBC 2), Channel 4’s “Comedy Gala At The O2”, “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow” (BBC 1), “The Graham Norton Show” (BBC 1), “Have I Got News For You” (BBC 1) as well as an author writing books.
Shappi spent time reminiscing when she was born in Tehran and bought up in London after her family fled following the Islamic Revolution as her satirist father, Hadi, criticised the Ayatollah along with the moment she made her first appearance at Edinburgh in 2000 – as part of a triple-hander show with Russell Brand and Mark Felgate.
From politics to family and showbiz to her pet dog she covered a wealth of topics which were interlaced with her familiar caustic wit and comedy.
And she reckoned she was the “ultimate” winner of “I’m A Celebrity” as she was the first one dumped from the jungle and had to spend the rest of the show in a five-star hotel with her invited family.